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Long-term supply (and off-take) agreements: some recent themes

This Client Alert seeks to highlight certain recurring issues and themes arising in the context of long-term commodity supply and off-take agreements. It draws upon the recent collective experience of our lawyers as well as...more

U.S. Manufacturing Continues as World Leader

The latest Research Briefing from Oxford Economics claims that the U.S. manufacturing sector is “the most competitive worldwide.” Pretty strong statement there. Reading the news, one would find it hard to believe, so let’s...more

Uncertainty Rises for Energy Sector Bankruptcies

In recent years, the energy sector has struggled with low commodity prices, oversupply, and logistical constraints — challenges which are poised to continue in the months ahead. These issues are putting a significant strain...more

International Monetary Fund’s Forecast for Global Economy Cools

Even as experts are signaling caution in their outlook for the automotive sector, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is lowering its forecast of economic growth for this year. In its April 2016 report, the IMF reduced...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #10

ESMA updates MAD Q&A - ESMA has published an updated version of its Q&A on the common operation of the Market Abuse Directive (MAD). A new question regarding investment recommendations has been added. (Source: ESMA...more

Virtual Currency Guidelines

Despite growing pains, digital currencies and blockchain may be the future of payments and global finance. As with any disruptive technology that gains popularity quickly, building the legal framework to support it is...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #5

ESMA consults on EU MAR commodity and spot markets disclosures - ESMA is consulting on draft guidelines under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR) setting out a non-exhaustive indicative list of information expected or...more

CFTC Proposes Dodd-Frank Relief to Certain Energy Industry Contracts

The proposal furthers an ongoing effort to minimize Dodd-Frank burdens on commercial end users. On April 4, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order proposing guidance about the Dodd-Frank...more

ESMA Consults on Guidelines on Disclosure of Information on Commodity Derivatives Markets or Related Spot Markets under MAR

On March 30, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) opened a public consultation on draft guidelines under the Market Abuse Regulation (“MAR”). ESMA is consulting on its proposed non-exhaustive indicative list...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Consults on Proposed Guidelines on Information Regarding Commodity Derivatives and Spot...

The European Securities and Markets Authority launched a consultation on proposed guidelines on information expected or required to be disclosed on commodity derivatives markets or related spot markets under the Market Abuse...more

Commodities traders, know thyself: Are you a pool or prop shop?

Do you trade commodity futures, options or swaps with a partner or a group of partners? If so, you need to know if your business model is properly described as a commodity pool or as a proprietary trading firm. The answer is...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2016: Singapore Continues Global Trend in Derivatives Regulation: Reporting...

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) continues to develop and strengthen its regulation of derivatives markets, most recently focusing its attention on the formulation and completion of a comprehensive reporting regime....more

Council of EU Grants Exemptions for Commodity Dealers under CRR

On March 23, 2016, the Council of the EU published an approved final compromise text of a proposed Regulation extending the Capital Requirements Regulation (Regulation 575/2013) (CRR) to extend certain exemptions for...more

CFTC Further Reduces Regulatory Burdens Associated with Commodity Options

On March 16, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) took action to further reduce the regulatory requirements associated with commodity trade options through issuance of a final rule that took effect on...more

China-Hong Kong Connect: An Interconnected World

In November 2014, the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (the ‘‘Shanghai Train’’), a pilot program for establishing mutual stock market access between mainland China and Hong Kong, was officially launched. The new cross-border...more

Trending in 2016: Financial Fraud Predictions

Financial fraud can destroy shareholder value and seriously damage the reputations of organisations. What will 2016 hold when it comes to trends in financial fraud?...more

New ICE Futures U.S. Wash Trade FAQ

Effective February 23, 2016, ICE Futures U.S., Inc. (“ICE” or “Exchange”) issued a revised Wash Trade Frequently Asked Questions (“ICE FAQ”). This ICE FAQ replaces a 2009 ICE Wash Trade FAQ and provides additional guidance...more

Hedging with Distributed Renewable Generation Sources in Times of Fossil Fuel Price Volatility

Until very recently, mainstream power purchasers have not viewed renewable energy as a reliable hedge against other energy sources, mostly because the costs associated with constructing or purchasing the output of renewable...more

2016 Real Estate Capital Markets Conference: Top 10 Takeaways (Bullish and Bearish)

The real estate world unofficially convened at the 9th Annual Real Estate Capital Markets Conference hosted by Goodwin Procter and Columbia Business School. The speakers and guests, which included real estate fund...more

ECB Publishes Opinion on Proposed Regulation Extending Exemptions for Commodity Dealers under CRR

On March 4, the European Central Bank (“ECB”) published an opinion on the European Commission’s legislative proposal for a Regulation amending the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) to extend certain exemptions for...more

Energy & commodities: portfolio acquisitions

There have been a number of trading portfolios acquired and disposed of in the commodities trading sector in the last 18 to 24 months (commodities acquisition(s)). This activity has been due to a number of factors, such as...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.24.16

Wall Street’s internal watchdog, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (or Finra), is stepping back to take a whole-forest look at the “cultural values at more than a dozen brokerage firms,” in an effort to “understand...more

China-Hong Kong Connect – Part Five: An Interconnected World

In November 2014, the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (the “Shanghai Train”), a pilot program for establishing mutual stock market access between mainland China? and Hong Kong, was officially launched. The new cross-border...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.9.16

Think you need to be in commodities or emerging markets to send ripples of fear through the markets these days? Well how about one of the world’s biggest banks. Because markets aren’t so hot on them right now, either –...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Risks and Opportunities in Distressed Oil and Gas

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from environmental disclosures and risk...more

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